Fifth Quarter presents the second part of sleeping giants. Part 1, covering the sleeping giant Louisville, can be found here. Today we present to you the North Carolina Tar Heels. In the past it has been shown that the right coach can make North Carolina an elite football program. It was shown in the 90s under Mack brown that the Tar Heels could compete at the highest level. If the Mack Brown era didn’t run into one of the greatest dynasties all time, 1987-2000 Florida State, the Heels would have had a lot of hardware in the trophy room.
In State Talent
Year after year the top talent in the state is grabbed by out-of-state programs, not North Carolina. In recent history, schools like FSU, UGA, Clemson, and South Carolina cherry picked the top talent out of the state. Right now according to Rivals only 3 of the top 10 recruits from the state of North Carolina are committed to UNC. That has to change!
Don’t Be Afraid To Put In The Cash
If you look at UNC’s athletic department as a whole most of the country would view it as elite. Every sport is rich in history and is just plain out winning. The men’s basketball program is the top in the nation and the women’s soccer team just won their 21st national title last year! If you can chunk out the cash to develop every sport there’s no reason the football program cannot consistently compete at the top. Not to mention Chapel Hill and the facilities are just gorgeous. What recruit wouldn’t want to go there?
The Right Coach
Coaches such as Mack Brown and Bill Dooley had pretty solid teams at UNC. Even coach Larry Fedora showed signs of a greatness this year. It will just take time. The key is keeping your coaches at Chapel Hill and not stolen by other out-of-state schools.
The Tar Heels have a great location, great facilities, a beautiful campus and a rich history. There’s no reason for them not to compete for the ACC year in and year out, especially with how weak the ACC Coastal division has become. If UNC gets these things in order, look for them to become an emerging powerhouse in the ACC once more.